Pawn Shop Live at the Golden Nugget is a Reality Smash

Photos by Nikki Artale

Downtown Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget was the place to be on January 21, 2014 for the opening night of Pawn Shop Live. It is a parody of the smash reality show “Pawn Stars” that will now have a home in the Gordie Brown Showroom. Pawn Shop Live is based on the famous pawn shop “Gold & Silver Pawn” on Las Vegas Blvd. The show was created by Derek Stonebarger who wrote and produced Pawn Shop Live and co-written and directed by Troy Heard. Derek Stonebarger founded and launched the Vegas Independent Film Festival VIFF, which features indie films, student films and documentaries. 

The parady is based on the true story of how it started when Rick Harrison as a young boy became ill and left school and began self-learning at home. The cast of characters are Slick Garrison played by Sean Critchfield, LiL Boss played by “Gus Langley, Chump played by
Garret Grant, Old Fart played by “Enoch Scott and Anita Bean both have  multiple roles in the show and showgirls played by Kady Heard and Sidney Kounkel.

The Harrison family endorses this Broadway style show and from the audience reaction, it is a solid hit. Thanks to the excellent writing by Derek Stonebarger and Troy Heard, the Pawn Shop Live will be a sought out show to see in Las Vegas, especially by the people that stand in the long line for hours to get into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.  Thank you Derek and Troy for giving us a great show that I highly recommend everyone to see. 

The Pawn Stars will drop by periodically and take part in the show, along with other guest stars. They were in the showroom for the debut of Pawn Shop Live and came onstage at the end of the show with Derek Stonebarger where they were given a standing ovation.
Derek Stonebarger and Rick Harrison

An after party was held in the Cadillac Bar with photo opportunities on the Red Carpet.
Rick Harrison and Nikki Artale
Rosie Pierson

 Adult Entertainment Expo Brings Out the Best of Porn Stars
Photos by Nikki Artale

AEE is one of the largest adult trade shows where the hottest male and female performers meet once a year. The show has grown every year and is one of the world’s most profitable industry since its start in 1984.

There were many booths set up with lots of sex toys and novelties and fans eager to meet their favorite stars. This was the time when fans had an opportunity to get autographs and pose with the porn stars. Then there were the curious who wanted to ask personal questions about sex and porn and brose through the vendor booths that were filled with lots of toys.

The four day Adult Entertainment Expo was held on January 15-18, 2014 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and there were many after parties were held at the Palms Hotel, Venetian Hotel and Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club and other strip nightclubs.

My favorite time at AEE was spent at the Wicket Pictures Penthouse Suite with the Wicked Girls, Jessica Drake, Samantha Saint, Stormy Daniels, Kaylani Lei and Asa Akira.
Stormy Daniels
Asa Akira
Kaylani Lei
Jessica Drake is a filmmaker, writer, director and a modern sex educator on Sexual Health and Wellness.  In Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, she brings up erotic subjects that are sexual and informative. She talked about plus size women and that sex comes in every size, color, shape and it is about being happy in who you are and to have body confidence. Jessica is a three time AVN Best Actress award winner and was voted for having the most popular photo blog of 2013. It was such a pleasure talking to Jessica, who not only is beautiful, she is also knowledgeable as a sex educator. 


Samantha Saint loves being a Wicked Girl and said it was one big happy family. She has been in the porn industry for two years and got in because of her curiosity. Samantha was sweet and a natural with great humor and beautiful eyes that looked green and blue at different times.  She co-hosted the AVN Awards Show with Chanel Preston who were surprised and honored to be hosts.

Wicked Pictures received awards for Best Movie of the Year “Underworld”, Best Safe Sex Scene and Best Educational Release. A first ever trophy was presented to Shyla Jennings for All Girl Performance of the Year. And so ends another successful erotic adult porn show featuring beautiful sexy women from all over the world. See you all next year.